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The Big Picture

Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins review the movies you need to see. Plus: Top 5s, Movie Drafts, Oscars analysis, and more, featuring a rotating cast of Ringer colleagues like Chris Ryan, Shea Serrano, Van Lathan, and Bill Simmons.

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'The Godfather Coda' and Top Five Director's Cuts

In December 2020, Francis Ford Coppola oversaw the release of 'The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone,' a reconfiguration of his film 'The Godfather: Part III' and the latest in a long line of director's cuts. What is a director's cut? What is its purpose? And what are the best in movie history? On today's episode, Chris Ryan and Sean break down the truth behind International Immobiliare and why filmmakers return to their work over and over again.Host: Sean FennesseyGuest: Chris Ryan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 20mins

5 Jan 2021

Rank #1

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Steven Spielberg's Top 5 Movies With Bill Simmons and Chris Ryan | The Big Picture (Ep. 57)

In preparation for Steven Spielberg's ‘Ready Player One,’ The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and Chris Ryan discuss and debate the prolific filmmaker's best movies of all time. They cover everything from ‘Jaws’ to ‘Jurassic Park,’ from the ‘Indiana Jones’ series to ‘Saving Private Ryan,’ and many, many more (1:00). And later, CEO of The Ringer Bill Simmons stops by to give his take on how terrifying 'Jaws' was and Spielberg's career (43:00).Ringer web store Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 5mins

30 Mar 2018

Rank #2

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Objection! Top 10 Courtroom Dramas | The Big Picture

Here's the case as it stands: We put the vote to you, the jurors, and you wanted to hear our closing arguments on the best courtroom dramas in movie history. Amanda and Sean, the only litigators this side of the Mississippi who can handle the truth, dig into one of film's most indefatigable genres. They talk through picks from the 1940s all the way through the 1990s, and explore why the courtroom drama has vanished from the movie landscape.Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 35mins

5 May 2020

Rank #3

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'Marriage Story' Destroyed Us. Plus: Noah Baumbach on His Divorce Opus. | The Big Picture

Writer-director Noah Baumbach's latest is one of the year's best and most emotionally devastating films. The Netflix release stars Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson as a young couple reckoning with the dissolution of their relationship and the separation of their intertwined lives. Sean and Amanda take a long look at this story; how it will make you feel about your marriage; Baumbach's catalog of erudite, entertaining movies; and the history of divorce movies (1:25). Then, Baumbach joins Sean to talk about the making of 'Marriage Story,' transposing autobiography onto creative work, and the genius of composer Randy Newman (61:15).Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda DobbinsGuests: Noah Baumbach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 45mins

8 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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Interview With 'Get Out' Director Jordan Peele | The Big Picture (Ep. 6)

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with writer-director Jordan Peele (of 'Key & Peele' fame) to discuss his new hit film, 'Get Out,' how and why he made it, and its overwhelmingly positive reception. Peele also talks about ideas for alternate scenes and endings as well as his reasoning behind some of the movie's most pivotal moments. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

38mins

9 Mar 2017

Rank #5

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Snubs, Surprises, and WTFs of the Golden Globe Nominations, With Mark Harris

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is up to its old tricks again, so Amanda and Sean are here to break down the nominations for the Golden Globes, some of which are truly ludicrous (0:52). Then, they’re joined by journalist, author, and film historian Mark Harris to talk about this strange award season and his new book, ‘Mike Nichols: A Life,’ a biography of the famed film and theater director (32:00).Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda DobbinsGuest: Mark Harris Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 31mins

3 Feb 2021

Rank #6

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Let’s Talk ‘Tenet’

Christopher Nolan’s 11th feature film, ‘Tenet,’ has opened in theaters around the world and we are going to talk about it. But first, we dive into the big changes in Academy Awards eligibility; ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ changing release dates and the perilous nature of the American box office; and the state of the virtual film festival (1:18). Then, Sean and Amanda deep dive into ‘Tenet,’ their viewing experience, and the confusing/compelling nature of the film (56:42). Finally, Sean is joined by Antonio Campos, the writer-director of the new Netflix film ‘The Devil All the Time,’ to chat about his work (1:56:14).Spoilers for ‘Tenet’ start at 1:14:45.Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda DobbinsGuest: Antonio Campos Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

2hr 24mins

15 Sep 2020

Rank #7

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10 Fearless Golden Globes Predictions and the Magic of ‘Minari’

Sean and Amanda do the illogical: They try to predict how the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will hand out the Golden Globes on Sunday (26:39). Then, Sean talks to Lee Isaac Chung about ‘Minari,’ one of the best films of 2020, which is now finally widely available (1:08:23).Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda DobbinsGuest: Lee Isaac Chung Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 41mins

25 Feb 2021

Rank #8

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Emergency ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Breakdown I The Big Picture (Ep. 62)

The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and David Shoemaker take an exhaustive trip through the galaxy to break down the plot twists, character deaths, and paths forward for the Marvel Cinematic Universe after the action-packed, plot-heavy ‘Avengers: Infinity War.’ SPOILER ALERT: The second half of this episode contains serious spoilers for the movie. Be warned! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 6mins

27 Apr 2018

Rank #9

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The Safdie Brothers and ‘Good Time,’ an Instant New York Classic | The Big Picture (Ep. 21)

The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and K. Austin Collins discuss the Safdie Brothers’ new crime film, ‘Good Time.’ (0:30) Then, Sean sits down with the Josh and Benny Safdie to discuss making a movie starring Robert Pattinson, capturing New York City on-screen, and the frenetic pace of ‘Good Time’ (11:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

34mins

11 Aug 2017

Rank #10

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‘Avengers: Endgame’: Emergency Deep Dive (SPOILERS) | Exit Survey

‘Avengers: Endgame,’ the culmination of more than a decade of Marvel Cinematic Universe films, is finally here. We discuss how the long-running arcs of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and many others have been strung together and resolved in ‘Endgame.’ Plus, we break down the movie’s complex ideas about time travel, character deaths, and, ultimately, its stakes. Finally, we take stock of where this leaves the MCU, and what could be in store for Phase 4 and beyond.Host: Sean FennesseyGuest: Mallory Rubin Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 23mins

26 Apr 2019

Rank #11

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Introducing the Movie Director Game, With Sam Esmail | The Big Picture

Movies have the February blues, so we enlisted a friend of the show to liven things up. 'Mr. Robot' creator and movie fanatic Sam Esmail joins Sean and Amanda and comes bearing a new game to play that reveals a lot about their favorite directors, personal taste, and how they view the long arc of film. Their sprawling conversations covers more than 80 years of movie history.Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda DobbinsGuest: Sam Esmail Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

2hr 2mins

21 Feb 2020

Rank #12

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Was 2007 the Best Year for Film? | The Big Picture (Ep. 40)

The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey, Chris Ryan, and Andy Greenwald go back to 2007 to discuss the most fascinating year for movies in recent memory. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

41mins

15 Dec 2017

Rank #13

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Breaking Down ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things,’ With Charlie Kaufman

The acclaimed writer-director Charlie Kaufman has returned with a new film, the disorienting, fascinating adaptation of the 2016 novel 'I'm Thinking of Ending Things.' Sean and Amanda are joined by film critic and Kaufman expert Amy Nicholson to talk about his work and break down the new film (1:14). Then, Sean is joined by Kaufman himself and the author of the book, Iain Reid, for a discussion of bringing this unusual story to the screen (59:53).Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda DobbinsGuests: Amy Nicholson, Charlie Kaufman and Iain Reid Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 38mins

10 Sep 2020

Rank #14

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Hereditary’ Is the Most Disturbing Horror Movie in Years, With Ari Aster | The Big Picture (Ep. 69)

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with filmmaker Ari Aster to discuss his first full-length feature, ‘Hereditary,’ and the process of crafting a deeply disturbing experience for moviegoers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

25mins

8 Jun 2018

Rank #15

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The MCU Comes to TV: A Guide to ‘WandaVision’

After concluding their discussion of Part 2 of HBO’s Tiger Woods documentary series, Sean and Amanda dive back into the MCU by taking a close look at the first two episodes of Marvel’s first Disney+ series, ‘WandaVision.’ Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 7mins

18 Jan 2021

Rank #16

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‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ Is Quentin Tarantino’s Most Sentimental Film Yet (SPOILERS) | Exit Survey

We gather to discuss Quentin Tarantino’s ninth—and allegedly penultimate—film, ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.’ We break down everything from Leonardo DiCaprio grappling with the end of his career in the leading role, to Brad Pitt’s quiet charisma, to the way historical accuracy competes with fantasy.Hosts: Sean Fennessey, Amanda Dobbins, Chris Ryan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 12mins

26 Jul 2019

Rank #17

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The Best Movies of 2017 | The Big Picture (Ep. 42)

The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey, Chris Ryan, Amanda Dobbins and K. Austin Collins rank and debate the best movies of 2017. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

38mins

22 Dec 2017

Rank #18

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How to Make a Marvel Movie Funny With ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Director Taika Waititi | The Big Picture (Ep. 32)

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with Taika Waititi about his transition from small indie comedies in New Zealand to Marvel’s big-budget superhero epic ‘Thor: Ragnarok.’ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

33mins

3 Nov 2017

Rank #19

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Barry Jenkins on Crafting the Sincerity of ‘Moonlight’ | The Big Picture (Ep. 4)

Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight is one of the heavyweights in this year’s Academy Awards race, racking up eight nominations. The film was the first movie for Jenkins in eight years, and provided particular challenges due to limited funding and time. One way he overcame those obstacles and made his movie unique was by casting non-actors alongside actors, something he discussed with Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

32mins

9 Feb 2017

Rank #20